Richard Florida

Richard Florida is Co-founder and Editor at Large of and Senior Editor at The Atlantic. He is director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto and Global Research Professor at NYU. More

Florida is author of The Rise of the Creative Class, Who's Your City?, and The Great Reset. He's also the founder of the Creative Class Group, and a list of his current clients can be found here.
  • Work/ Life

    This NYT graphic summarizes key findings from Claudia Goldin and Larry Katz's intriguing study of how taking time off effects the career prospects of…

  • Taking Back the Streets

    New York Magazine's Michael Crowley profiles NYC Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan's effort to take back the city's streets from the…

  • Housing: Back to 2000

    Felix Salmon says there's no end in sight for the housing bust, pointing to the latest edition of the Case-Shiller Home Price Index. Housing prices are off 36 percent since their 2006 peak. Housing prices have fallen back to 2002 levels in nominal terms but, as Business Week's Prashant Ghopal notes, they've plunged to 2000 levels when adjusted for inflation. Calculated Risk (with great graphics as usual) predicts another 10-20 percent drop,

  • How the Crisis Will Reshape the World's Cities

    Michael Lind argues New York and London are in for the biggest fall: "New York, London, and other financial centers were heavily dependent on financial-sector profits. Throw in the technology-driven collapse of the publishing and broadcast industries headquartered in such places, and those cities are likely to suffer devastating blows." But not so fast...

  • America's Urban Dilemma

    Megan is skeptical that cities can outlast the crisis. Crime will get worse, she fears, tax revenues will shrink, and middle class families will once…

  • Contradictions of Reaganism

    In an intriguing post, Stirling Newberry suggests that Reaganism set in motion basic economic and geographic forces that have led to a…

  • Math of Global Cities

    Earlier this week, Cornell mathematician Steven Strogatz reprised George Zipf's famous power law for the size distribution of cities where…

  • Remembering All Who Served

    "American draft dodgers in Canada were far outnumbered by the young Canadians who joined U.S. forces to fight in Vietnam." From the The illustrated…

  • People and Places

    The Next American City's Josh Leon reacts to my March Atlantic essay on cities and the crisis.

  • Decline of Blue-Collar Man, Ctd

    A blogger says the issue is more class than gender. His point hit home with me.

  • Decline of the Blue-Collar Man

    The economic crisis is hitting hardest at working class jobs, and rates of male unemployment have skyrocketed. A commonly asked question is how do we…

  • Political Geography of Carbon

    This map from a new NBER study by UCLA economist Matthew Kahn and Michael Cragg of the Brattle Group (using data from Purdue's Vulcan project) shows the geography of carbon emissions by U.S. states. The study finds carbon emissions are more concentrated in poorer more conservative locations, posing significant political obstacles for policy to limit greenhouse gas emissions.

  • State of Denial

    A real estate "frenzy" is apparently developing there, the NYT reports, as bottom feeders gobble up mass foreclosures.

  • Bubble Cities

    Historically, housing prices have been about three times income, but by 2006 housing prices had soared to a high more than five times incomes. In Irvine, California, the housing price-to-income ratio soared to 8.6 by 2006. This map charts the housing-to-wage ratios for U.S. metropolitan areas in 2006, the height of the bubble. It differs from the more commonly used housing price-to-income ratio.

  • The Rise of Anti-Urbanism

    Paul Krugman reflects on the demonization of cities and the people who live in them.Basically, the accusation is that anyone with a good word for…

  • Hipster History

    Brian Frank writes: "Richard Florida points to a familiar article about 'blipsters' - 'black hipsters.' Which is funny, now that I think of it, because the original hipsters were known as 'white negroes.'" Well, almost. Norman Mailer's infamous "The White Negro: Superficial Reflections on the Hipster" was originally published in 1957 in Dissent.

  • What to Do with All Those Empty Car Dealerships?

    More than 2,000 car dealerships across the country will be closing their doors in coming months. Planetizen - my favorite urbanist site - recently asked its readers what should be done with all that space. Here are the top five vote-getters as of May 21.

  • Long Tails and Fat Heads of Pop Music

    A new British study finds that the most pirated pop songs on the internet are those that already top the charts. Instead of giving rise to a "long tail" where small indie acts broaden their appeal online, the study found that digital technology - and music pirating - simply work to reinforce the fat head of mass appeal.

  • The Starchitect

    The great Frank Gehry speaks to Charlie Rose about his life and work.

  • Geography of Personality

    MapScoll links to a series of "new and improved" maps of Big Five personality types from the expanded (Canadian) edition of my book Who's Your City?.…


Cryotherapy's Dubious Appeal

James Hamblin tries a questionable medical treatment.


Confessions of Moms Around the World

In Europe, mothers get maternity leave, discounted daycare, and flexible working hours.


How Do Trees Know When It's Spring?

The science behind beautiful seasonal blooming



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